New JCB ag telehandlers launched

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JCB’s new agricultural Loadall telescopic handler range boasts a higher lift capacity, a larger and quieter cab and a slightly different paint job

The new 542-70 Agri-Super Telehandler, available from JCB dealers now
The new 542-70 Agri-Super Telehandler, available from JCB dealers now

Available from JCB dealers now, the third generation of JCB’s Loadall telehandlers has an additional lift capacity of 200kg, with a cab about 50 per cent quieter than the previous model.

The company has added three new models to the agricultural telehandler range, a 7 metre 532-70, the 542-70 and 560-80, while its existing heavy-lift, bulk handling 560-80 model, with its 8m lift height and 5.5 tonne lift capacity will remain available.

A new powershift transmission system will be used in the smallest model – with a 109hp (81kW) engine – in order to provide better performance and fuel economy, while the current six-speed transmission will be used on the 125hp and 145hp (93kW and 108kW) engines.

Each of the new models will be available in Agri, Agri Super and Agri Pro variants – offering a choice of equipment levels and options including lighting packages, towing hitches and front-end implements.

The boom and attachment will be operated by JCB’s electro-hydraulic joystick, to be mounted to the right of the driver’s seat or on the air suspension seat itself, while the previous array of rocker switches has given way to clusters of durable rubber membrane switches on the joystick itself. 

JCB’s redesign of its Command Plus cab sets out to improve visibility by setting the dash panel lower and putting the crossbars of the internal falling object protective structures grille at an angle – meaning glazing can continue uninterrupted over the operator’s head.

The new cab is 12 per cent larger than earlier models, also boasting a fully-clad interior to reduce noise levels, a push-away steering column for easy entry and exit and 60 per cent more storage space including a lift-out bin for documents and food.

The air conditioning and optional automatic climate control systems are completely new, with an auto-defrost option and a 10 per cent increase in airflow volume performance.

Shallow trays at the rear, adjacent to 12 volt and USB ports, allow for easy charging of devices and connection to the multimedia system, while a dedicated mobile phone holder above the instrument display positions the device where it can be used for satellite navigation guidance.

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